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Friday, September 12, 2008

Operads in 2d

Schreiber, well known for saying he doesn't like operads, has now found considerable enthusiasm for them (in 2d). What will happen to string theory now?

Of course, great mathematicians like Manin have been thinking about such two dimensional structures for many years. Now Manin may not care much about physics, but some of his collaborators are most definitely in the Connes camp, far from endorsing the naive predictions of string theory. So what gives? We live in interesting times.

3 Comments:

Blogger L. Riofrio said...

Perhaps strings will be registered as an official religion complete with priests and underpaid postdoc acolytes worshipping at the temple of the LHC.

September 14, 2008 2:41 AM  
Blogger kneemo said...

I took a look at the discussion. It seems Baez is very interested in 'string bits' now. How to properly 'categorify' string bits is definitely a worthwhile goal, as we discussed before on this blog. What are your thoughts on this Kea?

September 14, 2008 11:21 AM  
Blogger Kea said...

Phew, kneemo! That's a big question. In some sense, as you know, I'm always thinking about it, because I think the correct answer involves new axioms mixing higher operads with Galoisian logic.

September 14, 2008 6:16 PM  

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